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Minion Monday! Autism and Regression

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Minion Monday!

Autism and Regression

Welcome once again to our weekly Minion Monday post, If you will all please just look this way.

Right here


That’s it, right here.

Regression in Autism is when a child appears to develop typically but then starts to lose speech and or social skills.

Not all autistics have regression.

However it is pretty common.

Here is how it works for us.

When he gets too stressed out it is almost as if someone from MIB has come in and used a neuralizer on him!

It is normal to try and minimize stress in an autistic child to prevent well a host of things, like meltdowns, sleep disruption and stimming.

These are common but what you don’t see is regression they can also loose words, or skills such as spelling, reading, writing even going to the bathroom.

Every time it happens we have to relearn the skill or word.

We deal with it by keeping stress down, keeping his patterns as much as we can and by keeping him in his comfort zone as much as possible.

It is hard for everyone involved.

It can make you feel like it is never going to be better.

What you learn as they get older is that the “neuralizer” effect of regression doesn’t take it all away, it just hides things.

They are still there, in his memory, stuck further back and you have to dig them back out. You have to teach enough to clear those paths again, you don’t have to start over even if it feels like it.

Each time it takes a little less until they stop losing the skill and you go on to the next one.

Then when it all goes right, like this week. You get leaps in skills!

This week, his spelling jumped almost a grade level (yes that quickly).

His speech went from his normal one and two word interactions to on several occasions we had COMPLETE SENTENCES!

One of our speech goals was met (he can now tell me he hurts and where and even give me an idea of how).

Despite being sick this week he has done amazing things.

These little things are awesome, and having lost some, you learn to appreciate them even more.

I guess for this week the MIB are on vacation.

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I hope they leave you alone this week too.

Now, if only I can find my keys…

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4 comments for “Minion Monday! Autism and Regression

  1. July 21, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Very nice. Thank you for sharing. We love the minions. Nice touch to an important topic. Regression is real and I am glad that you talked about that. Good work. : ) Regression has happened to JJ before. It is about dedication and the will to go forward.

    • Hardly Bored
      July 24, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      It can be frustrating but it is just part of the ride so to speak. Thanks for the complement! I love the minions too!

    • Ayu
      April 3, 2015 at 10:54 AM

      Late to the post but needed to coemnmt.I don’t think Autism is the puzzle. It is the jumble of services, therapies, etc that is the puzzle. Trying to get everything to co-ordinate and happen at right time and in sync. I feel like I’m constantly juggling with one to many balls in the air.

      • Hardly Bored
        April 9, 2015 at 9:28 PM

        I think it is a bit of both, life it’s self is a puzzle we are all just putting things together as we go. Trying to make each thing fit.

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